Sherry Wine Cake Recipe

Sherry Wine Cake Recipe. One of my newer holiday traditions. Perfect for Christmas morning breakfast. I’ve been meaning to share this recipe with you for years. But posting near the holidays gets to be too much sometime. There are so many things to share and so many extracarricular activities with family and school that I usually run out of time. But this year I made a point to start early so I could share with you one of my newer traditions. Sherry Cake. Yes. Cake made with wine. Oh, and it is also a cake I eat for breakfast. I was introduced to this cake years ago and fell in love with it. It just tastes like Christmas. So I decided that I would make it for Christmas morning breakfast. I think I may be the only person to eat it. But I love it and will continue to have it on the roster.

Sherry Wine Cake Recipe. One of my newer holiday traditions. Perfect for Christmas morning breakfast. This sherry cake recipe couldn’t be easier. It uses boxed cake mix as the base, vanilla pudding mix, oil and eggs. Basic, right? Then you add fresh nutmeg and sherry wine. I don’t know anything about sherry wine. I bought this one at the grocery store, but the bottle I previously had I got at a wine shop and it had a hint of orange to it that I really enjoyed. Sherry is a fortified wine (alcohol added) and it is a really nice, warm flavor. There are tons of different varieties and I can’t see how you could go wrong with any of them. It adds a depth of flavor to the cake that is really lovely. And between the wine and the pudding, the cake is nice and moist.

Sherry Wine Cake Recipe. One of my newer holiday traditions. Perfect for Christmas morning breakfast. I bought this bundt pan specifically for this recipe. I can’t believe I didn’t have one before!

Sherry Wine Cake Recipe. One of my newer holiday traditions. Perfect for Christmas morning breakfast. You mix all the ingredients together. Totes easy.

 

Sherry Wine Cake Recipe. One of my newer holiday traditions. Perfect for Christmas morning breakfast. Put the batter in a greased and floured bundt pan. And bake for about 50 minutes.

Sherry Wine Cake Recipe. One of my newer holiday traditions. Perfect for Christmas morning breakfast. The sherry cake, once inverted, is a dark, gingerbready color. The house smells of nutmeg and vanilla cake. And Christmas. Simply top it with powdered sugar and dig in.

Sherry Wine Cake Recipe. One of my newer holiday traditions. Perfect for Christmas morning breakfast. This is a great cake to bring to a holiday party because it is totally unexpected. It is straight out of the 70’s and I love that about it too.

Sherry Wine Cake Recipe. One of my newer holiday traditions. Perfect for Christmas morning breakfast. Doesn’t the powdered sugar look like snow?! Have you ever had a wine cake before? Let me know if you try this!!!

Sherry Wine Cake Recipe
 
My favorite thing to eat on Christmas morning.
Author:
Recipe type: Breakfast/ Dessert
Ingredients
  • 1 box Yellow cake mix
  • 1 small box instant vanilla pudding (3 oz)
  • ¾ cup oil
  • ¾ cup Sherry (I think you are supposed to use Cream Sherry)
  • 1 tsp nutmeg (freshly grated)
  • 4 eggs
Instructions
  1. Mix cake mix and pudding.
  2. Add oil and Sherry.
  3. Beat at high speed.
  4. Add in one egg at a time, beat in between.
  5. Beat for about 5 more minutes after the last egg.
  6. Add nutmeg.
  7. Oil and flour a Bundt pan.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes and test.
  9. Watch carefully - do not over bake.
  10. Turn out of Bundt pan immediately.
  11. Let cool completely.
  12. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
  13. Then eat your face off.

 

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Holiday Entertaining with Beaujolais Nouveau

Fun holiday table. #spon #CelebrateBNThis post was sponsored on behalf of Georges Duboeuf and One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own.

Some years I feel like decorating with untraditional colors. But right now, I’m totally into the classic red and green. Although I am not planning on having any holiday parties this year, I’m sure something will pop up more last-minute. With just a little greenery and hints of gold, I’m going to be ready for any guests that turn up. This post was created to celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau. Have you ever had it?

A fun holiday table and entertaining ideas. #spon #CelebrateBNAside from having good food for your holiday guests, it’s always good to have some delicious beverages as well. And I always love when there is something a little extra exciting that you can share with your guests that they may not have experienced before. If you don’t know, every year, under French law, at 12:01 on the third Thursday in November, Beaujolais Nouveau wine is released. The first time I heard about this was almost 15 years ago. I wasn’t even a wine drinker back then. But when I heard that you couldn’t get the wine until that third Thursday, which often coincides with Thanksgiving, I knew I had to track down a bottle. It seemed so extraordinary.  I called around to ask who would carry it and headed out, to pick up a bottle for our Thanksgiving meal. The fruity, easy-to-drink wine’s light fermentation means that both red and white wine lovers should enjoy it.  Which makes it just right for holiday celebrations. And you drink it slightly chilled (just 15 minutes in the fridge prior to drinking), which makes it a little more unusual for a red wine. It was exciting to get to try something that had just been released! Most of your guests will probably not know about this celebratory wine. So you can be the first to share it with them and be part of that memory.

Simple holiday flower arrangement. #spon #CelebrateBNGeorges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau is all about experiencing life’s simple pleasures and nature’s seasonal gifts. I decided to pair festive, berry-like branches with calla lillies and pine branches to create easy flower arrangements. They were easy to put together but really helped the table to feel more holiday festive. Something I am trying to be better about is keeping fresh flowers around. By mixing flowers bought at the market and plants from around your yard, you can create really easy centerpieces for unexpected or last-minute guests.

Holiday tablesetting with green and red, plaid and gold. Keeping it classic. #spon #CelebrateBNMy place settings include just a colorful napkin and an extra piece of greenery to add a special touch. I added candles to the table to create a glow and the table came together really fast. There is no need to get stressed out during the holidays. Now is not the time to go all out and impress everyone with your mad hosting skills. To me, now is the time to really enjoy, and be present, with your friends and family. Who cares if your silverware (stainless steel) doesn’t match the gold hues of the other accents of your table (I was totally bothered at first, I’ll be honest)? Or that your table-cloth may have a few wrinkles. If your guests feel loved in your home, you’ve done your job.

Celebrating the holidays with Beaujolais Nouveau. #spon #CelebrateBNOf course having plenty of wine doesn’t hurt either. One of my favorite things to do when putting together a last-minute spread is to set out candy. For this table, I pulled out a great glass and brass display box and filled it with candies that played up the reds in the table. People love candy. And even if you don’t have time to pull together a fantastic appetizer spread, your guests will have something to munch on.

I'm feeling traditional this year. Green and red it is!!! #spon #CelebrateBNI recently reorganized my garage and now can find all my favorite serving pieces easily. I suggest you take a moment and pull your favorite pieces together so you can easily grab them when you need to.  I keep things super causal for my family and our nightly meals. But come Christmas morning, my table looks GOOD. A footed bowl can make even store-bought crackers instantly feel more special (special crackers, you say? Yes, crackers can feel special.)

Have you ever tried Beaujolais Nouveau? It's a fun holiday tradition. #spon #CelebrateBNGeorges Duboeuf is the #1 seller of Beaujolais Nouveau and since this year’s harvest has just been released, I think this is the perfect time to invite friends over to try this delicious wine. Don’t you?

*Thank your for supporting the brands that let me be creative, drink a little wine and celebrate with my friends.

Sunbutter Cookie Recipe

Holiday Cookie Exchange Blog Hop with @paperandcake.Hey hey! I’m part of a cookie exchange blog hop today! My pal, Abigail, over at Paper and Cake, set this fun blog hop up and so today I’m sharing this yummy Sunbutter Cookie Recipe. We’ve got a nut allergy in my family and one of the things I’ve missed the most is peanut butter cookies. But when I realized that using Sunbutter tastes so super similar, I figured out how to fill my cookie void.

Sunbutter cookie recipe. A great peanut butter alternative for food allergies. They are just as sweet and rich and nutty tasting (without the death peanuts) as regular peanut butter cookies. Mmmmmmm.

Sunbutter cookie recipe. A great peanut butter alternative for food allergies. Nothing special. Just normal cookie making ingredients. And delicious, delightful Sunbutter. There aren’t any special steps. It’s basic cookie making. And a little bit of prayer since my oven runs hot and I, more often than not, burn EVERYTHING.

Sunbutter cookie recipe. A great peanut butter alternative for food allergies. And to me, these cookies are not complete without being rolled in sugar and pressed down with a fork. It really is what sets them apart.

Sunbutter cookie recipe. A great peanut butter alternative for food allergies. Turns out my nut allergic sun doesn’t really care for these cookies all that much. But at least I know that when I’m craving a peanut butter cookie, I can make these and make sure that he is safe. And can you imagine these dipped in a nice dark chocolate? Oh yeah!

Sunbutter Cookie Recipe
 
These are the perfect replacement for peanut butter cookies when you have a nut allergy.
Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Sunbutter
  • 1 cup butter, melted (you can substitute margarine if you have other allergies)
  • 2 eggs (you can use egg replacer if needed for your allergies)
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2½ cups flour
  • extra sugar to roll dough in
Instructions
  1. In a stand mixer, mix Sunbutter and butter until creamy.
  2. Add sugars and eggs and mix well.
  3. Add baking soda, vanilla and salt and mix well.
  4. Add flour slowly while mixing.
  5. Shape dough in to balls.
  6. In a bowl full of sugar, toss balls to coat.
  7. Place on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper.
  8. Flatten balls with a fork.
  9. Bake at 375 degrees for about 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.

Recipe via: http://www.sunbutter.com/recipes-SunButter-Cookies-Lorene-Wallner.php

Bacon and Sage Dip Recipe

Bacon and Sage Dip RecipeSo there is this dip. And I love it. I love it so much that I decided to add bacon and sage to it and make it even better. Because why not. The dip is super easy and tasty. To eat this the right way, you must eat it with Ruffles. (Not sponsored.) Ruffles are the perfect saltiness and the perfect crunch. I didn’t have them on the day I shot this and I was super disappointed. The chips I had on hand were too crunchy and hard which does not provide optimum enjoyment for the dip experience. But I am sure that even with just a spoon to shovel it in your pie hole you will love this Bacon and Sage Dip Recipe.

Bacon and Sage Dip RecipeMayo. Gross. While I can’t eat this on its own I still use it in recipes. As soon as the other ingredients mask the smell I’m totally fine. When you have fresh sage and bacon bits around, well, that’s all you smell. Thank goodness. The cream cheese helps to make it super creamy and the one clove of garlic provides the right amount of flavor and heat.

Bacon and Sage Dip RecipeAnd the wooster sauce adds a nice depth of flavor and meatiness. Ain’t no body able to spell Worcestershire.  Wait, did I do it? Did I spell it right?

Bacon and Sage Dip RecipeWith a hand mixer you just beat all the ingredients together and once creamy, mix in the sage and bacon.

Bacon and Sage Dip RecipeAnd then eat it. Eat it all up.  And then play around with it. Add in other ingredients. Make it your own. All I know is that I love it and the sage makes it perfect for holiday entertaining.

Bacon and Sage Dip RecipeSee. These chips are all kinds of wrong. That is not the color of Ruffles.

Bacon and Sage Dip RecipeBut don’t worry. I powered through and ate the chips and dips anyway. I’m not generally going to turn away a snack food unless it is truly horrid. What is your favorite dip recipe?

Bacon and Sage Dip Recipe
 
I took my favorite dip and jazzed it up with bacon and sage. You're welcome.
Author:
Recipe type: Snacks/ Appetizers
Ingredients
  • 1 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 3 TBSP mayo
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Season salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Enough cream or milk to make desired dip consistency. (for me it's approx. 3 TBSP)
  • 2 TBSP chopped fresh sage
  • 2 TBSP bacon bits
  • Serve with Ruffles chips.
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients (except milk, bacon and sage) in to a medium bowl.
  2. Using a hand mixer, beat all ingredients together until smooth.
  3. Add milk or cream, a TBSP at a time until you reach your desired consistency.
  4. Add bacon and sage and stir in to the mixture.
  5. Season to taste.
  6. Enjoy with Ruffles.

 

Cinnamon Walnuts Recipe : Holiday Entertaining

Cinnamon Walnuts Recipe. Perfect for holiday entertaining and Christmas parties. But of course, delicious any time of the year! I’m so excited the holidays are here!  I just love to share my family recipes and traditions with you. As you know, my style is not complicated and the recipes are tasty but simple. This Cinnamon Walnuts Recipe couldn’t be easier. But, gosh dang it, these are GOOD. Anyone who has ever had them has raved about the flavor. And then when they are given the recipe they are blown away by how easy they are.

Cinnamon Walnuts Recipe. Perfect for holiday entertaining and Christmas parties. But of course, delicious any time of the year! Aside from the walnuts, you probably have all of the ingredients at your house already. Sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. That’s it. And a little bit of water.

Cinnamon Walnuts Recipe. Perfect for holiday entertaining and Christmas parties. But of course, delicious any time of the year! Mix it all together on the stove and let it melt together. Stir often so the sugar doesn’t burn. I think most things take on more flavor when they are a little overdone. Not sugar though, man. That just gets nasty.

Cinnamon Walnuts Recipe. Perfect for holiday entertaining and Christmas parties. But of course, delicious any time of the year! Once the mixture has cooked for a few minutes, you add in your walnuts and mix to stir. Then spread them out on a cookie sheet so they can dry. I’m going to be honest, because I’m no expert and I own my mistakes (all of them… you guys, that perm was NOT a good idea), I didn’t cook the sugar mixture quite long enough when I made them for this post. One thing you should know about me is I’m a skimmer. I read recipes through beforehand and then when it counts, when I’m actually making a recipe, I skim and miss valuable information. Like when it said cook until the water dissolves which would have made this mixture a little more caramel-y and harden up nicer. It didn’t ruin them. They still tasted amazing. It just meant that they didn’t harden up as nicely as usual and because the mixture didn’t cook down enough, there was some extra sauce on my nuts…yeah, I know how that sounds and I hope you got a good chuckle out of it. When I say harden, I don’t mean these will be break your teeth hard. I just mean that the sugar mixture won’t be tacky, and kind of candied but the walnut won’t be any more crunchy than it is on it’s own.

Cinnamon Walnuts Recipe. Perfect for holiday entertaining and Christmas parties. But of course, delicious any time of the year! These Cinnamon Walnuts totally remind me of my grandmother. I’m not sure where she got the recipe from but these were always waiting for us at her house when we came to visit around the holidays.  And my mom also made them every year. You could always find these out on her sweets table on Christmas day alongside her fudge, the cinnamon candy, the best caramel corn ever and my fave candied orange peels. And now, my mother in law makes them around the holidays. It’s so fun to see my families share what they love with each other.

Cinnamon Walnuts Recipe. Perfect for holiday entertaining and Christmas parties. But of course, delicious any time of the year! These would make a great gift for the neighbors, teachers or even a hostess gift when you are making the rounds this holiday season. They are also great to keep on hand in case friends and family drop by unannounced (you know how they do) at this time of year. Store them in an air-tight container, out of sight, or else you will eat them all. I guarantee. I finally had to throw the rest of them away (I gave away a bunch too!) because I think my pants are starting to not fit anymore…Tis the season!

Cinnamon Walnuts Recipe
 
This recipe is a family holiday tradition. And super tasty.
Author:
Recipe type: Desserts/ Snacks
Ingredients
  • 3 cups whole walnuts or walnut halves
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 5 TBSP water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients except vanilla and walnuts.
  2. Cook on low heat until mixture dissolves and it cooks down a bit (about 7 minutes total).
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Add vanilla and mix well.
  5. Add walnuts and stir to coat.
  6. Spread out on a greased cookie sheet to dry.
  7. Eat up.